2018 LR Leadership Application - Now Available

Louisiana REALTORS® LR Leadership program is now taking applicants for the 2018 class. This highly regarded leadership program has been in place since 2000 and has graduated over 200 alumni that represent practitioners in all aspects of the real estate industry.

LREC Revises Property Disclosure Document

LR has prepared a Legal Line article highlighting key changes to the Property Disclosure form as well as link to an article summarizing the legal case that gave rise to the changes to the form. In addition to these articles, you can access a clean copy of the new form and a “red-lined” version of the form so you can see what changes were made to the form.

New Member Service: Tech Helpline

Louisiana REALTORS® launched a new member benefit, Tech Helpline, as of January 2, 2018. The service provides U.S. Based Tech Support to help troubleshoot and resolve challenges with office and personal tech devices.

Real Estate Scheme Costs a Couple Life Savings

A fraudster posing as a real estate agent sent a couple an email asking for cash. Now, the couple may lose their entire life's savings. The Browns, anxious to move into their new home, received an email that appeared to be from their real estate agent and title company. The message asked them to wire the funds. "We were so eager to get everything done in a hurry so we could move," Anne Brown said. 

Ransomware- Think Before You Click

Over the past year, no information security concern has demanded more media and corporate attention than ransomware.  The evolution of this threat from an ineffective nuisance to a sophisticated business model generating hundreds of millions of dollars for hackers has been impressive to say the least, and the number and frequency of attacks are on the rise.

Update on Tax Reform & Provisions of Interest to REALTORS®

The National Association of REALTORS® has moved the tax reform bill in the right direction through it's advocacy efforts and the REALTOR® members who responded to Calls for Action. The conference committee has made some important improvements to the House and Senate legislation that ultimately will benefit some homeowners and communities. You can view the Provisions of Interest to NAR and its Members along with additional information

The Ins and Outs of Public Private Partnerships

Hosted by ULI- Louisiana and the E.J. Ourso College of Business. This three-hour symposium has been programmed to help you plan successful Public Private Partnerships or P3s. Our local participating panelists will provide firsthand experience on either complete or active P3s of different structures. This variety of case studies will show how diverse P3 projects can be, and the different value propositions and associated risks each can bring.

Avoid Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime - New Resource

Cybersecurity is a growing concern for the real estate industry. Reports of wire fraud situations in the real estate transaction are being brought to light. Louisiana REALTORS® has compiled a new webpage as a Cybersecurity resource with information and helpful things to protect your business and your clients from becoming a victim of cybercrime. 

Congress Approves Short-Term Extension for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program by a fortnight Thursday as part of a broad but temporary federal-government funding deal.

The flood insurance provisions will keep the program operating as normal through Dec. 22, buying lawmakers time to work on a longer-term reauthorization for the important but beleaguered federal program.

Call For Action: Help Improve Tax Reform for Homeowners

REALTORS® are once again being asked to continue to be advocates for homeowners in the latest Call for Action from the National Association of REALTORS®. The REALTOR® voice helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas.  REALTORS® still have an opportunity to influence Congress to help make the tax reform bill more favorable to homeowners and consumers. 

NFIP Reform Bill Passes House With Bipartisan Support

The House on Tuesday , November 14 backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms. The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a variety of changes to accommodate lawmakers determined to protect constituents from even steeper rate hikes or from being booted out of the program altogether.

Restore LA Program Warns of Scams

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community Development warns residents of telephone scams in which callers ask flood-impacted families to provide private information like bank account numbers or make a financial deposit to complete their applications for assistance.

Louisiana First in Nation to Provide School Finder

The Louisiana Department of Education released a comprehensive online reporting system detailing how well child care centers and schools statewide are preparing students, birth through grade 12, for the next grade level and beyond. The interactive system, called the Louisiana School Finder, details the first-ever early childhood performance profiles and the annual school performance scores, among other information valuable to families. It is the first of its kind in the nation.

Call for Action: Tax Reform

The National Association of REALTORS® and Louisiana REALTORS® strongly encourages REALTORS® to TAKE ACTION on Tax Reform.